Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Possible coronavirus vaccine enters human testing trial
Progress is being made toward a viable vaccine for the coronavirus, say researchers at a Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical company.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals along with the University of Pennsylvania’s research facility and the Wistar Institute, have been working on the vaccine as recently as January. As originally reported by Fox News, the vaccine was fast-tracked into development after the Chinese government made the genome sequencing of COVID-19 public.

Nearly four months later, a crucial first phase of testing has begun. Researchers with Inovio told Fox News they were able to design their vaccine in just three hours after receiving a sequence for the virus. Click here for more on our top story.

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Trump signs executive order temporarily suspending immigration into US amid coronavirus pandemic
President Trump announced Wednesday that he has signed his promised executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.

"In order to protect our great American workers, I’ve just signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into the United States,” the president said during the coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. “This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens."

Trump had said earlier this week that immigration would be suspended for at least 60 days in order to make sure Americans laid off during the coronavirus pandemic are “first in line” for new jobs. Trump has said the ban would be re-evaluated after he looks at unemployment and economic figures. Click here for more.

Other coronavirus developments:
- HHS doctor says he was removed from post after disagreeing with WH over coronavirus response
- Trump cheers America's production of ventilators, sending them to other countries hit hard by coronavirus
- FBI raid in New Jersey yields boxes labeled 'respirators,' reports say
- Trump pushes back against CDC director's warning about coronavirus second wave
- Trump 'disagrees strongly' with Georgia governor's plan to reopen some businesses

Newsom won’t share details on $1B mask deal with China
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing pushback as state lawmakers have begun demanding details of his nearly $1 billion deal to receive 200 million masks per month from a Chinese manufacturer.

Just two weeks after announcing the deal, Newsom has remained largely mum on the specifics. Advisers to the California Democrat have declined requests for comment from the Los Angeles Times about the agreement, which was inked with Chinese electric car manufacturer BYD — which stands for Build Your Dreams — earlier this month. Click here for more.

Other developments:
- Pompeo blasts China, WHO over coronavirus transparency failures
- Coronavirus in the US: State-by-state breakdown
- Coronavirus: What you need to know
 
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SOME PARTING WORDS
Laura Ingraham sizes up the media's praise of the HHS hydroxychloroquine "whistleblower" and says there is a problem with the media's narrative.
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